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Elderly Woman Killed After Pick-Up Truck Jumps Curb In Harlem

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Two smashed up vehicles littered a Harlem street and police tape closed off a busy intersection following a fatal collision Thursday afternoon.

Police said it appears a livery car was turning left onto West 145th Street and collided with a pick-up truck that was heading south on Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard around 12:15 p.m.

The truck then went careening onto a sidewalk full of pedestrians, where it struck four of them.  Wheelchair-bound Leonia White, 89, was killed.

"I hear the people saying 'the car is coming, the car is coming' and they start to run," one man told reporters including CBS 2's Tony Aiello.

The name of the elderly victim, who lived three blocks away from the scene at the Drew Hamilton Houses, has not been released.

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"It's terrible, it's terrible. She's a nice lady, it's a terrible thing to happen," one man said.

The pick-up truck driver remained at the scene and was questioned. The livery driver was injured and taken to the hospital.

"It was just a whole lot of screeching," one witness said.

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Many complained the intersection where the crash occurred is a particularly dangerous one.

"This corner they need a signal light, like to turn. Lot of accidents here, because there's no signal light to turn," another man said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Fatal Harlem Crash
A livery cab involved in a crash with a pick-up truck in Harlem on June 2, 2011 (credit: Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)
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